Book Review

Brought to you by the verb “to read

In the past, present, and future tense.

As in have been reading, are currently reading,

And might read next…or are considering reading next…

This is my variation on the meme done by others,

And very well, I might add.

Revivor of http://www.Wednesdays

What have/are/will you be reading? Link it here at and share your reading adventures with me.

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I have been reading very little actually, this past week. Sorry, sometimes life must intervene, and this week it did. I have a 94-year-old mother who needed me, so reading was low on the list. And that may be the way of things for a while, so my Wednesday lists may be shorter for some time.

I did finally get a chance to finish Nottingham. Twenty-five hours and twenty-five minutes of adventure. The story of Robin Hood is one that is not history, but historical, being set into England’s history and woven around its characters. It’s been told and retold so many times in books and movies that it’s almost accepted as true history, but it’s not. And we have to keep that in mind when we think of these tales. This retelling of the story is very different. The characters are very different people and they play different parts in the saga so that the story diverges greatly from any other version of this tale I’ve ever heard, read, or seen. There is no HEA to this one, no Robin and Marion walking off into the sunset or forest as so many versions would have it. This is a gritty telling of the times where many people die brutal deaths and sometimes the bad guys win. I highly recommend this for lovers of the tales of Sherwood and its inhabitants.

I also got a chance to listen to Carnival Row: Tangle in the Dark by Stephanie K. Smith, narrated by Karla Crome, 3 hours, 8 minutes. I had no idea what to expect from this one, but my daughter wants to watch the movie with me, so I thought I’d listen to the book first. Now, I want to see the movie to see what they’ve done with this unusual text. I want to see the fairies fly. It’s an F/F love story without a happy ending, rather without any ending at all. I listened to it in one go and was rather surprised that it was over when it ended. There’s really no tie up at the end. But the story was powerful in some ways and just another drunken film noir in others. Karla Crome did a wonderful job with the upper crust and farmgirl accents keeping them so distinct in conversations. The really amazing part of it was when there were several upper crust “ladies” speaking and she was able to give each one a separate voice so that you could differentiate among them. She’s rather amazing.

According to GoodReads, I am currently reading three books. Well, I guess I am reading them all. I started all three of them but got totally bored with one of them because it didn’t make any sense to me. I’m not sure graphic books are my genre. Bloodlust and Bonnets just isn’t doing it for me. I’ll give it one more try and if I can’t make some headway on it, I’ll have to DNF it. The second book is In the Shadow of Salem: The Andover Witch Hunt 1692, which I borrowed from my sister. I’m from Andover and a possible ancestress was caught up in the trials and hanged, so I wanted to read the book, but it’s not easy reading. So I had taken a break from it. Time to read a bit more of it. This one will take some time to read a bit at a time since it’s such cheery stuff. The third book is book one of a series that was recommended by someone I follow on GoodReads, Band of Sisters, Black Ops Confidential, by Diana Munoz Stewart. Book one is called I Am Justice. Justice is the heroine’s name. The book starts out with several confusing scenes that made me wonder what the heck was going on. Then things started to pull together and I’m following it all now, but the author seems to like to keep people and situations a bit fractured. Usually, this reviewer has very good suggestions on series, so I’m hoping that this one works out well. If not, this will be my first disappointment from her. Sometimes the first book in a series is so much about setting up the series that it’s not the best one in the series, but I still have most of the book to read, so I’m giving it a chance.

As for what I’m planning on reading next, that’s hard to say. The Alchemist and an Amaretto by Annette Marie just came out, but I’m not that far along in that series. Also, I just got approved for The Yellow Bird Sings by Jennifer Rosner, which is due out in March of 2020. I think though I shall read The Disciples of Trikaal by Varun Sayal, which is due out Saturday, and get it reviewed for you. His books are always such unique trips into fantasy. I have to read them and write the review immediately with the whole thing fresh in my mind, unlike others that I can leave a bit before reviewing.

So tell me, have you read or seen Carnival Row? What did you think of it? Powerful? Drunken film noir? Something else? Share your thoughts with me, please…

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